24 Jan 24.01.2018 Open Innovation challenges launches in Manchester to help transform city with smart technologies
24.01.2018 Open Innovation challenges launches in Manchester to help transform city with smart technologies
Commencing in March 2018, the initiative will see eight SMEs from across the UK, selected to participate in the eight week programme in Manchester, work with partners from the public sector, corporate and academic worlds who are part of the CityVerve Internet of Things (IoT) test bed. The eight selected SMEs will have the opportunity to put their innovative solutions to the test, in a real-life situation.
To address said issues, four challenge briefs have been created for start-ups to respond to before entries close on 14 February. The four briefs are:
Health and Social Care – working with NHS Manchester – Create a solution using data being collected from home monitoring systems which enables triggered intervention and care for the elderly, to ease the reliance on healthcare providers.
Transport and Travel – working with Transport for Greater Manchester – Create an infrastructure or consumer solution that eases passenger experience or improves confidence and usage in public transport.
Energy and Environment – working with Manchester Science Partnerships – Create a non-intrusive and cost-effective solution that optimises energy consumption and reduces carbon emissions in commercial buildings, using existing building data and data from external sources.
Wildcard entry – If interested SMEs do not believe their solutions fit any of the briefs above, they can apply as a wildcard. The Open Innovation initiative is interested in additional internet of things, data-driven or smart solutions to improve Manchester using the data sources available on the CityVerve platform.
The initiative is hoping to attract some of the most innovative technology SMEs in the UK to work with the support of committed civic partners and global industry players to create some market leading smart city solutions, which not only improve key services in Manchester, but ultimately can be applied in smart cities across the world.